Nothing beats the allure of the French and Italian Riviera, and nowhere is there a more romantic spot to travel around. Indeed, the French and Italian Riviera offers a spectacular luxury romantic getaway, boasting an agreeable climate, wonderful sea views, a stunning coastline, delicious culinary delights, and a luxurious way of life, all just waiting to be discovered.
Read on to uncover some of the best spots along the French and Italian Riviera to woo your loved one. Explore this wonderful coastal destination aboard your very own luxury yacht charter for the ultimate experience.
French Riviera: best luxury romantic getaways destinations
Escape the crowds and visit the Porquerolles Islands
Visit the Porquerolles Islands, a trio of islands nestled in azure waters just a 10-minute boat ride away from the southernmost tip of the Cote d’Azur.
The crescent-shaped island of Porquerolles is the biggest and most well-known, and boasts secluded beaches nestled amidst limestone cliffs and a quaint village dating back to the early 1800s. If you’re looking to enjoy a French Riviera yacht charter away from the madding crowds, then the Porquerolles are for you.
The majority of the Porquerolles are a designated national park, offering a secluded sanctuary and a wonderful range of wildlife and stunning beauty at every turn. At just four miles long by two miles wide, and with cars banned, Porquerolles is best explored by pedal power.
Visit the 14th century fort Sainte Agathe and explore the Cap D’Arme lighthouse. Round out the day with a delicious meal at one of the island’s few restaurants – Le Pelagos and The Liver at Le Mas du Langoustier are two popular spots. Alternatively pack a picnic and enjoy it at one of the island’s myriad beauty spots – the ideal way to spend time with your loved one.
Explore Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
No romantic getaway would be complete without visiting Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, a beautiful destination that boasts old-world glamour.
This forested peninsula sits between Nice and Monaco and regularly attracts the world’s wealthiest. Relax on sandy coves lapped by blue waters, stroll along coastal footpaths, explore neighbouring quaint villages and towns such as Villefranche, and revel at some of the world’s most lavish resorts, including the Grand-Hotel du Cap Ferrat, a Riviera institution.
The glitz and glam of Monaco is also within easy reach, making this stunning destination a great spot from which to explore the surrounding region.
Italian Riviera: best luxury romantic getaway destinations
Enjoy the glitz and glam of Capri
If you’re after a getaway filled with luxurious glamour then head to the island of Capri. Anchor at the Marina Grande and enjoy everything that this stunning island has to offer, including wonderful natural beauty, world-class shopping, and mouth-watering cuisine.
Capri offers a wonderful range of hiking opportunities, with trails criss-crossing the island. Be sure to check out the Pizzolungo, a trail that will take you through an ancient forest grotto, the Casa Malaparte, and then to a breathtaking view of the sea and the Faraglioni rocks, three towering rocks formations that dramatically rise out of the Mediterranean Sea just off the island’s coast. Alternatively hike up the 921 Phoenician stone stopes that link Marina Grande to the Anacapri and be rewarded with some of the island’s most spectacular views.
The island of Capri is famed for its shopping, offering the ideal destination to treat yourself or a loved one during a luxury romantic getaway. For some of the world’s most luxurious brands, head to Capri town and explore from the Piazzetta and the Via Camerelle. For a local keepsake be sure to purchase some Limoncello, an after-dinner liqueur made from the island’s sun-ripened lemons, as well as a pair of Capri Sandals, flat sandals custom-made to perfectly fit.
Once the sun sets, enjoy Capri’s abundance of award-winning restaurants, then head to one of the island’s myriad of chic clubs and night-time hotspots where you can dance until the sun comes up.
Pastel-coloured houses and stunning villas hug the coastline of Portofino, popular port of call with those looking for a low-key yet elegant destination along the heart of the Italian Riviera.
A small coastal village, Portofino can easily be explored in a day or two. An up-scale destination, you’ll find a plethora of luxury designer boutiques, alongside quaint local souvenir shops selling a wide range of keepsakes, in addition to local art galleries, yachting boutiques, and jewellers.
Visit the 16-century fortress and museum – Castello Brown – to learn more about the region’s fascination culture and heritage, or simply enjoy a romantic meal at one of the many restaurants that spill across the yacht-filled harbour, offering fabulous uninterrupted views across the Italian Riviera.
Cruise along Cinque Terre
The Cinque Terre offers the ultimate luxury romantic getaway, a chain of five beautiful villages along the Italian Riviera – Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The perfectly preserved villages, coastline, and surrounding countryside are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Exploring the stunning surrounding countryside via a series of trails, traversing the village’s winding cobbled streets, and enjoying a leisurely meal at a waterfront restaurant are all di rigueur when in Cinque Terre.
Make sure you enjoy a glass (or two) of Sciacchetra, a Cinque Terre wine produced by grapevines that surround the village of Manarola. If you wish to enjoy a day on the beach head to Monterosso, the only village in Cinque Terre that boasts a white sandy beach that is filled with sun loungers in the summer.
No matter what experience you desire, the French and Italian Riviera offer a luxury romantic getaway unlike any other.